After a phenomenal launch two years ago, Nintendo does what Nintendo does, releasing a revised version of its switch console in September. This is a low-cost version focused on portable games.
The Switch Lite will be released on September 20 with a retail price of $ 200 ($ 1
No Switching: All Portable, All Time
The most notable change for the Switch Lite is that there is no Switch : the signature The TV Docking Station is no longer available and you can use it do not add more in a separate purchase. It just is not compatible with the Lite. Other functions that were developed for playing together, such as the flimsy kickstand, have also been removed.
games are running on the Switch Lite all the time in "portable mode," which could be a good thing for some of them. Sticking to this 720p display instead of running it via USB-C / HDMI improves the performance of the NVIDIA Tegra-based hardware. Oddly enough, the USB-C charging port is still on the bottom.
Smaller housing and control panel
With this focus on portability comes a smaller case and a smaller screen. The Switch Lite is about two-thirds the size of the switch, and its controls are part of the plastic main body (no Joy Cons is removable). Since it's always meant for a single player, Nintendo has removed the mirrored left / right controls and given the Switch Lite on the left a matching Game Boy-like D-pad.
The touch screen is only 5.5 inches, 0.7 inches smaller than the original. That does not sound like much, but we're in the field of smartphones here: it's about the difference between the iPhone XS and the XS Max. It still uses a respectable 720p resolution and will probably use the same unfortunately prone plastic construction , The switch's built-in brightness sensor is gone, so you'll have to rely on manual control.
The size of the battery is not mentioned, but Nintendo claims that it lasts a bit longer than the original. This is probably due to the smaller screen and unique housing – it saves internal space and does not require special batteries for the Joy Cons.
IR and HD rumble has disappeared
Almost all Switch games are compatible with the Switch Lite, just as all 3DS games can be played on the 2DS, and the Lite has access to cartridge games and downloads the Nintendo eShop. The storage space for games can be increased with a MicroSD card.
However, some of the more quirky aspects of the switch's original design have been removed. When the Joy Con controls are gone, there is no built-in infrared camera or "HD rumble". (We assume that this is no rumble at all, just like 2DS and 3DS.) The Switch Lite also has an internal gyroscope Most games feature strange motion puzzles.
Some games, such as 1-2 Switch Nintendo Labo and Pokemon Let's Go You need an external controller to use this special Joy-Con Functions to play. The only main game released for the switch that does not support handheld mode at all is Super Mario Party – it's unclear whether you can play it on the Lite with an external controller.  Nintendo Switch Vs. Switch Lite "width =" 1294 "height =" 610 "data-credittext =" Nintendo "src =" /pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif "onload =" pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this); "onerror =" this. onerror = null; pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon (this); "/>
All Bluetooth-based switch controllers work flawlessly on the Switch Lite, though it may be difficult with their hands on a portable console Games that require external controls on the Switch Lite are tagged in sales boxes and online directories.
Other color options
For the switch, Nintendo focused on the docked Joy-Con controls The Switch Lite is much more similar to Nintendo's traditional Game Boy and DS offerings, with three colorful models: flat gray, sunny yellow, and a damn sweet teal that draws my attention to the ur reminds you of the original Game Boy color.
The Switch Lite also receives a special Pokemon edition for the release of Sword and Shield – note the contrast colors for the left and right controls. Expect New Special Edition consoles to be released on a regular basis and coincide with new DS and 3DS-style game versions. A Zelda version for this sequel to Breath of the Wild is more or less inevitable.